February Staff Picks

 

If there is anything we love more than reading books... it's talking about them! Scroll down to see what books we are raving about this month.

Black Punk Now By Chris L. Terry (Editor), James Spooner Spooner (Editor) Cover Image
By Chris L. Terry (Editor), James Spooner Spooner (Editor)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781593767457
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: Soft Skull - October 31st, 2023

"From the creator of Afro-Punk, James Spooner, and novelist Chris L. Terry, Black Punk Now is celebration of modern Black punk. Through short comics, fiction, interviews and essays, this collection is a great introduction to the aesthetics and culture of Black punk, but it's more than that. It is a celebration of the bands, the organizers, and the artists who have kept the punk genre alive--and who have transformed it into the innovative, inclusive genre it should have always been. With contributors like Hanif Abdurraqib, Mars Dixon, Osa Atoe, and more, Black Punk Now is required reading for all the punks in your life." -Jerakah


Mama Black Widow By Iceberg Slim Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781936399192
Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Cash Money Content - May 7th, 2013

"Bear witness to the strength of street knowledge with Iceberg Slim's lurid poetry of violence, greed, and treachery. Spoken in a unique voice all his own, his novels narrate the lives of criminals and hustlers, crooked cops and noble addicts. "Mama Black Widow" is pulp Shakespeare of the highest caliber." -Steven


What Feasts at Night (Sworn Soldier #2) By T. Kingfisher Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250830852
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: Tor Nightfire - February 13th, 2024

"I loved What Moves the Dead and had been eagerly waiting for T. Kingfisher's follow up. It didn't disappoint. Great slow creeping gothic horror with what is becoming one of my favorite protagonists." - Will


100 Boyfriends By Brontez Purnell Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780374538989
Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: MCD x FSG Originals - February 2nd, 2021

Recommended by Mindy


The Tusks of Extinction By Ray Nayler Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250855527
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: Tordotcom - January 16th, 2024

"Such a fantastically creative way to explore the concepts of poaching and de-extinction. A super quick read that lingered long after I finished the book." -Eileen 


Butcher & Blackbird: The Ruinous Love Trilogy By Brynne Weaver Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781638931737
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: Zando - Slowburn - December 12th, 2023

"The most perfect dark rom com that involves rival murderers turned friends turned lovers! You'll fall in love with a serial killer that has golden retriever energy and a badass woman who kills terrible men. It’s deranged and chaotic and just SO FUN!" -Nicole


We Call to the Eye & the Night: Love Poems by Writers of Arab Heritage By Hala Alyan, Zeina Hashem Beck Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780892555673
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Published: Persea - September 12th, 2023

"Edited by award-winning Palestinian American poet, novelist and clinical psychologist Hala Alyan as well as acclaimed Lebanese poet Zeina Hashem, this anthology is sexy, smart, and gracious. The collection's tender range of love---platonic, romantic, familial, special---are unpacked with care and each author brings a unique flare to the page. Writers I love like Naomi Shihab Nye, Zania Alsous, Leila Chatti, Faudy Joudah, and Nour Kamel are present;. I also learned about numerous authors I didn't know before too like Theresa Sahyoun's "The Saddest Fuck in the History of Lacan" or Dima Mikhayel Matta's poem "In Praise of Dyke Hands"! Now more than ever it is crucial to hear love stories from the Arab diaspora, rather than rely on Western media for input. The only reason I didn't give it an overall 10 is for technical aesthetics: I dislike the formatting of the table of contents. It was slightly challenging to navigate. What do folks quote in high-octane moments like weddings and funerals? Poetry. If you're unsure why or shy around poetry, start with this anthology!" -Em


Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy #1) By Marlon James Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780735220188
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: Riverhead Books - February 4th, 2020

Recommended by Jen


Dim Sum Palace By X. Fang Cover Image
By X. Fang
$18.99
ISBN: 9781774881989
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Published: Tundra Books - September 12th, 2023

"Come experience this fantastic food adventure with Liddy. Liddy loves dim sum so much, that all that love spills over into her dreams. Could this wonderful dream turn into a nightmare when she ends up inside of a dumpling? This book will make you laugh and will absolutely make you hungry. It's an amazing gift for foodies of any age! Dim Sum Palace is a love letter to Maurice Sendak's In the Night Kitchen." -Nicole


Buffalo Fluffalo (A Buffalo Fluffalo Story) By Bess Kalb, Erin Kraan (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Bess Kalb, Erin Kraan (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593564530
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: Random House Studio - January 2nd, 2024

"Just the cutest children's story with fantastic illustrations! Kids will love this rhyming, rip-roaring book that teaches the importance of self-acceptance and friendship." -Nicole